Exploiting cheap third-world labor

It’s an old, old story: the customers of a company renowned for decent treatment of its workers in its prosperous home country are shocked to learn of its ruthless exploitation of workers in a less-prosperous country where the laws make it harder for workers to defend themselves.

All that’s new is that the first-world country is Sweden and the third-world country is rural Virginia.

I suppose someone will have to tell the soft-hearted Swedes that trade is always mutually beneficial, and that the workers in Danville are better off being exploited by Ikea than not being exploited by Ikea, since their other options are even worse. The real solution, obviously, is to get rid of the plutocratic governing structures that lead to lousy educational systems and to laws that impede the internationally recognized human right to organize and bargain collectively